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Residency Available at U of Illinois/Chicago Zoo Society/Shedd Aquarium


Illinois Zoological & Aquatic Animal Residency (IZAAR) Program (Chicago Zoological Society, Shedd Aquarium, University of Illinois)


University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Zoological Medicine Service, 1008 W. Hazelwood Drive, Urbana, IL 61802 Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield IL 60513 John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605

Primary Contact:

Jennifer Langan, DVM, DACZM

Primary Contact Email, Phone:, 708-688-8504

Number of Positions:

3 (first, second and third year)

Matching Program:


Application Deadline:

Fall 2013

Application Should Include:

Letter of intent, curriculum vitae, original transcripts, and three letters of reference.

Experience Required:

Minimally completed a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience

Accept International Applicants:



In Champaign-Urbana $30,500 yr1, in Chicagoland $35,685 yr2 and $36,185 yr3

Length of Commitment/Start Date:

3 years (July 2013)

Program Description:

The University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine (UIUC-CVM) in conjunction with Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, and John G. Shedd Aquarium offers a three year residency in Zoological and Aquatic Animal Medicine. The residency is approved by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and is supervised by at least three Diplomates of this college. The residency is supported by a minimum eight full-time zoo, aquatic, exotic and wildlife veterinarians between all the facilities. The residency is designed to integrate experiences from all institutions to provide clinical training that will enable the resident to become competent in exotic, zoo, aquatic and wildlife medicine and provide the necessary requirements to be eligible for certification in the American College of Zoological Medicine. Residents rotate among the University of Illinois, Brookfield Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium. Residents spend their first year with the Zoological Medicine Service at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and their second and third year rotating between Brookfield Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium. The second and third year rotations will be between four to twelve months and residents will spend approximately 10-14 months at each of these facilities. Residents also rotate through The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. These world class institutions offer extensive exposure to zoological and aquatic species including: megavertebrates, large carnivores, non-human primates, marine mammals, herptiles, birds, fish and small mammals. Residents gain clinical experience under the direction of veterinary and management staff including handling and immobilization, providing preventative medicine, management of sick and injured animals as well as population health. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through relevant specialty services while at the University of Illinois. The program includes training in research and scholarly writing and requires the completion of a Non-Thesis or Thesis Master’s Degree which includes graduate level coursework (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Zoological Medicine Seminar, and Special Topics in Zoological Medicine) through the University of Illinois. Residents rotate and regularly interact with the University of Illinois Zoological Pathology Program which provides primary service to the institutions based in Chicago. Primarily emphasizing clinical medicine, the residency will provide scientific opportunity and require scholarly activities of publication and teaching. Residents participate in bi-monthly multi-institutional journal review courses, rounds, and teaching veterinary students on clinical rotations at each facility. Residents will also participate in teaching some didactic course work and laboratories that are part of the veterinary curriculum. Residents are required to write and submit three to five manuscripts produced in conjunction with their residency for publication to fulfill residency requirements and to receive their residency certificate at the completion of their program. At least one manuscript must be an original research project which meets the Non-Thesis manuscript-based Master’s degree guidelines and will be selected with input from veterinary mentors. Funding is provided to attend and present at a continuing education conference annually as well as one-time attendance at the ACZM preparatory course. The position starts in mid July of each year with annual re-appointment for a maximum of three years based on annual performance. Residents will be employed by UIUC-CVM and compensated on a scale of standard residency programs (in Champaign-Urbana $30,500 yr1, in Chicagoland $35,685 yr2 and $36,185 yr3) which includes benefits through UIUC-CVM with vacation and sick leave accruing monthly. Applicants must hold a DVM from an AVMA accredited program and have minimally completed a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience. Licensure to practice or eligibility for licensure in Illinois is needed to apply with full licensure required before beginning the second year of the residency. The University of Illinois, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium are interested in candidates with the highest standards of scholarship and ethics and who are committed to conservation and animal welfare. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact and/or visit participating institutions the summer prior to applying or well before the application deadline. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Langan, DVM, Dipl. ACZM at (, Dr. Lisa Naples ( or Dr. Julie Whittington ( for more information. Applications for the 2013 residency position will be accepted through the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) in fall 2012 and should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, original transcripts, and three letters of reference.

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